You Say Po-tay-to, I Say Corporate Stockholm Syndrome

New Day Job Co-Worker: “Hey, I just wanted to apologize.”

Me: “For what?”

NDJCW: “For what happened in the team meeting this afternoon. It got pretty heated. We shouldn’t have let it get so out of control.”

Me: “That was heated?”

NDJCW: “It’s never like that around here, I promise.”

Me: “At my last job, half the staff once quit in the middle of a meeting.”

NDJCW: “Wait… seriously?”

Me: “Managers were writing their two-week notices on sheets of scrap paper and sliding them across the conference table at our boss while she yelled at us.”

NDJCW: “…”

Me: “And then everyone started crying.”

NDJCW: “I… have an entirely new appreciation for this place.”

Less than a month in, and already making a difference in the lives of the people around me. I may be more of a saint than I give myself credit for.

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